This deliberate silence of sectors related to the Bolivarian revolution shows shameful complicity with the captors of the labor leader. The journalist Andrés Cañizalez, on the occasion of the XXV Forum in Sao Paulo, coined the term ‘caviar left’ (in reference to the European concept 'gauche caviar') to describe those who claim to be progressives but in reality, live in a bubble of comfort, distant from the people and from the victims they allegedly help. Rubén González is a leftist worker ignored by much of the left.
The most important human rights bodies in the world have spoken in favor of Rubén. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, rejected his conviction.
The International Labour Organization’s Commission of Inquiry recommended his release and that of Rodney Álvarez, another trade unionist imprisoned without a fair trial.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention qualified the deprivation of his liberty and the conditions of his imprisonment as arbitrary. Amnesty International has declared him to be a “prisoner of conscience”.
The caviars have ignored the case and looked the other way. Just as there is police and racial abuse in the United States, post-conflict violence in Colombia, repression in Chile, Ecuador, and Brazil; there are also serious human rights violations against social leaders in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
There are many Rubén González, no matter how hard oppressors try to make them invisible.
Original version in Spanish published by El Nacional, translated by Hearts On Venezuela
Translated by: Pascual Díaz
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